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Old 10-05-2009, 01:07 PM   #11
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I have a 2009 tacoma ext.cab, v6, auto, 4wd, w/tow pkg. I'll be picking up a 17b and trailing it to Helena, mt in about 3 weeks. My question is do I really need a wdh and/or a break controller? Do any of you have this particular setup, and if so what are your experiences? Thank you all for this great forum.....Ron

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Old 10-05-2009, 01:19 PM   #12
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Ron, you definitely should get a brake controller. I use a Tekonsha P3, and others use their Prodigy, these seem to be the two most common ones. Whether or not you need a WDH is dependent upon your individual setup. You could try it out and see. Escape sells them should you figure you need one once you get there.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:38 PM   #13
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Not absolutely sure but I think trailer brakes are required in some states... over a certain size.
In fact if the trailer you are towing is outfitted with them you wont be able to tow becasue the brakes will be locked on... again, I think
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:46 PM   #14
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Electric trailer brakes of 'off' by default, and engage with added current.
Air brakes, like the big rigs use, are as you say and are off unless pressured up.
I think.
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:02 PM   #15
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I have a 2009 tacoma ext.cab, v6, auto, 4wd, w/tow pkg. I'll be picking up a 17b and trailing it to Helena, mt in about 3 weeks. My question is do I really need a wdh and/or a break controller? Do any of you have this particular setup, and if so what are your experiences? Thank you all for this great forum.....Ron

Hi Ron
I have an '08 Tacoma and the owner's manual recommends the use of a WDH.
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:43 PM   #16
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I'm towing with a 2007 FJ Cruiser, which is built on a Tacoma frame. Same V6 etc... It tows my 17B no problem, i hardly notice it's there! No WDH, but i've got the brake controller, which is appreciated on those steeper hills (some were 14% this summer). I think you should be fine, but you will know after you get home with it for sure! Happy travels, Gary
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:00 PM   #17
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Thanks guys for your input. I'll be looking into purchasing a brake controller tomorrow. I'm still unsure about the WDH though. If it's a safety issue I would not hesitate for a moment. Since I'll be experiencing rain and more than likely snow conditions on the 750 mile trip home I'm unsure if a WDH will be helpful or a hindrance....Ron
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:09 PM   #18
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I have a 2009 tacoma ext.cab, v6, auto, 4wd, w/tow pkg. I'll be picking up a 17b and trailing it to Helena, mt in about 3 weeks. My question is do I really need a wdh and/or a break controller? Do any of you have this particular setup, and if so what are your experiences? Thank you all for this great forum.....Ron

Hi Ron
I have an '08 Tacoma and the owner's manual recommends the use of a WDH.
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I also have a 07 Tacoma and have towed with and without the WDH.
The WDH makes a fair difference, the vehicle doesn't porpoise when its used.
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My question is do I really need a wdh and/or a brake controller?
Jim and I may argue over the relative merits of WDHs and front-wheel-drive. But we absolutely agree on the need for a brake controller. With trailers this heavy, given typical tow vehicles, the trailer brakes are an essential safety feature. Stopping is good. Control under braking is good. Managing the wear one your TV brakes is a nice benefit, too.
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Hi: All... Never really thought much about trailer brakes or controllers till we went to Letchworth St. Pk. in N.Y. In Warsaw N.Y. I could have lit up a smoke without flickin' a Bic on the trailer brakes. A 15% grade with a stop sign at the bottom!!! YEE HAW!!! Welcome to Warsaw. Alf
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